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Nice plates! Congrats. So having it registered and all the paperwork completed might give you more incentive to get her finished!

How can you tell your plate is from your County? Did they stick the "historical" sticker on your plate?
Thanks Abe! The motivation is there. Hold up is the same ole thing, Time and Money! Up until about 10 years ago every county in Nebraska had a designated number. 92 Counties, 1-92. It is still that way except for Lincoln and Omaha areas. They finally ran out of numbers in those areas and do the 3 letters/3 numbers now. It was a huge controversy when they did it. The numbers were designated years ago, by County size. 16 is Seward County.

Yes they did put the "Historical" sticker on the Plate. I thought it was kind of tacky. Thinking about pulling it and playing dumb if I ever get questioned!

I am only require to have one on the rear. Of course it's like most Historical plates, drive only in parades, car shows, and hobby related events. It also is a register once and done. I think the Truck has earned it keep.
 
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Will you guys be able to drive them occasionally or is those plates only for going to and from shows or events ? I just put regular plates on my things but since we don't have front plates, we're allowed to put the year of manufacture on the front.
 
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I see my question was answered, thanks
 
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Will you guys be able to drive them occasionally or is those plates only for going to and from shows or events ? I just put regular plates on my things but since we don't have front plates, we're allowed to put the year of manufacture on the front.
I look at it this way Hoss73ford! My 239Y, 5.14 rear end will only go 50-55 tops, so its like always being in a Parade all the time!
 
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In WI, our "collector" plates are one and done too, but unlike in some states, our collector vehicles can pretty much be driven unrestricted year around like regular vehicles. I believe there may be some load restrictions for trucks, however. Also, I'm pretty sure I would have the flexibility to transfer the collector plates I purchased to another qualifying vehicle should I decide to stop driving my 52 panel. Collector plates are easy to get in Wi too--Everything was done through the mail--no inspections, no pictures--just paperwork; and of course money--$300 I think. You got to like federalism! It works for me.
 
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OK to answer questions about brake drum allowed sizes, my brother sent me this pic direct from a ford truck manual. 13.060 maximum allowed. Also, I found out that if you dismount hub from a drum, you must turn the drum when remounted to make sure it is running true to the hub. I hope this info helps



direct from ford truck manual f 350 drum soecs
 
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I think I am going to go that route. I have a 1954 PA truck plate in good shape. All I have to do is send them a picture of it. If approved then it is a lifetime registration but it has the same conditions as a vehicle with antique plates. Oh and in PA we only use one plate.[/QUOTE]

Abe, I think 2 plates were used in 1954 and the first letter on the plate designated the GVW of the truck, R was for the 1/2 tons and S for 3/4
 
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Dave, It's looking great!
I've got to figure out how to get up to see you when I'm in Lincoln next weekend. (Well see your truck anyway. ) I will be in touch soon to let you know our plans.

I opted for the steel tank. It is cheaper and holds two more gallons of gas, and it looks more original. LMC truck has them cheaper and MidFifty price matched for me.

Your license plate is the same color combination as my 55 plate. Interesting!
Abe, In Nebraska, the first two digits are the county code.
http://www.neded.org/files/research/stathand/asect4.htm
For some reason I always thought they were numbered by population size.
 
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Dave, very cool truck! Look forward to seeing your progress! And, I can tell you firsthand, these projects can take a loooooong time!
 
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I think I am going to go that route. I have a 1954 PA truck plate in good shape. All I have to do is send them a picture of it. If approved then it is a lifetime registration but it has the same conditions as a vehicle with antique plates. Oh and in PA we only use one plate.
Abe, I think 2 plates were used in 1954 and the first letter on the plate designated the GVW of the truck, R was for the 1/2 tons and S for 3/4[/QUOTE]

Thanks, that is interesting!

The PA Truck plate I have is V9H09. What does that mean?
 
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For some reason I always thought they were numbered by population size.
Thanks Joe. This is from the NE DMV Website "In 1922, the state established the practice of using prefix numbers to identify the counties in which vehicles were registered. Each county was assigned a number based on the number of registered vehicles in the county at that time. The county with the most vehicles, Douglas, was assigned the number 1; the county with the second highest number of vehicles, Lancaster, was assigned number 2; and so forth."

I was advised my my Scheduling Agent (Wife) that we have a wedding in Kearney to attend on Saturday night. Hopefully we can make something work. Also, thank you for the advice on the steel tanks. I will definitely check into that.
 
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Dave, you are kicking butt. Do you have a shop manual. If not, they are extremely helpful. Could have saved you time in taking the rear apart. Enjoying you build.

Stay safe my friend.
 
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Progress Report

Well it's been pretty hot and humid here in Corn Country USA so there has been limited action in the ole shop. That doesn't mean I've just been laying around under a air conditioner! I finally got all my wheels and tires ready to put on the road. Thanks to Stu, Doug, Hotkote powder coaters, and the local COOP, the wheels and tires are road ready! The badly rusted wheel that had to be welded held air, so I will be all tubeless radials with the original look. Widow makers are history and have become a shop floor weights.




I also have secured a different set of drums and hubs than I got from Pat (1960fordf350) from Ohio. Took them to the local Clutch and Brake shop and got them turned. Shoes also cleaned up and resurfaced. So am I ready to move forward with putting the new brakes lines and Brakes on the truck. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks. I still need to order a new gas tank. Better get on that because I'm getting close to sitting it down and hitting the road.

I also did a little Internet searching (under the air conditioner of course) about the dealer my Truck was purchased from. My Aunt remembered where Grandpa bought the Truck so I was able to do go to the Facebook page of the little town where the dealer was located. Walla!! I found a picture from 1956! This was kind of cool, plus the building is still standing, though it's not still a Car Dealership. My hope is to drive (60 miles) to the location, with the truck,at some point and revisit its place of adoption.





 
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Wheels looks good there Dave. Glad you were able to get some usable brakes.
 
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Dave, awesome picture of the building.
 
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